Dreams To Do

Monthly DIY: Blog Planner

Obviously it isn’t easy juggling a 40 hour/week job, a marriage, a home, and 2 little kids to take care of. Throw a blogging hobby in there and really there isn’t time for anything else. I’ve always been a really disorganized blogger. With the exception of my “Wise Words Wednesday” posts, I have absolutely no schedule that I post on and usually no clue what I’m going to post about until I actually sit down to write. This method has worked out well for me, but I’d really like to start being a little more intentional with this here blog and lately I’ve also been craving more structure in my life. I need more of a schedule.

So, I set out on a Google mission. I was interested in finding out how other bloggers manage their internet homes and I was hoping I would find some sort of organizer/planner for my blogging. I wanted something physical. Sure I love my computer and my phone, but when it comes to organization, notes, and my creative thoughts, nothing is better than good ole pen & paper. My search led me to Beckie at Infarrantly Creative’s Free Printable Blog Calendar. You guys, Beckie is seriously a GENIUS because this thing ROCKS!

I’m totally counting this as my monthly DIY project even though I didn’t really do much of anything myself. However, I am VERY excited about this and love how it turned out!
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You totally need to visit Beckie’s post on Infarrantly Creative if you are interested in seeing how cool this planner really is – she has a video posted! But basically, it consists of a monthly calendar tear-off pad with weekly planner pages that store behind the monthly calendar. This way the current month and week are always right there when you open it up.

Beckie offers readers a file that is already “pretty” AND a plain one that you can add whatever background you’d like to. So, I decided to utilize a variety of chevron and moroccan tile colored backgrounds. And I also changed the text on a few of her boxes to keep track of what matters most to me.

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I printed off all of the pages (to last me through the rest of 2012 and all of 2013) myself and then took them, along with a front and back cover (laminated print outs I made) to Office Depot. I had them make the monthly calendars into a tear-off pad and had them bind the weekly pages. Then, I cut down a file folder to size and attached the tear off pad to my planner book (see Beckie’s exact tutorial for all of this). Office Depot charged me $5 for this. Not too shabby!

I found the backgrounds I used at my new favorite freebie blog by Mel Stamps. That’s also where I found the chevron overlay that I used to create the planner cover in photoshop. Love this blog!

Now let’s see if I actually utilize this thing to bring a little structure into my chaotic life!

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  • http://twitter.com/BusyMomofTwins1 BusyMomofTwins

    Wow! This is truly remarkable. I can’t wait to create my own version. This is down right genius! Thank you SO much for doing the research and describing how you created it. I am in awe!

    http://familyfoodtravel.blogspot.ca

  • http://twitter.com/BusyMomofTwins1 BusyMomofTwins

    Wow! This is truly remarkable. I can’t wait to create my own version. This is down right genius! Thank you SO much for doing the research and describing how you created it. I am in awe!

    http://familyfoodtravel.blogspot.ca

  • Vic Lau

    Thanks for sharing your find! I hope I can put some structure to my blog eventually too.

    • http://www.dreamstodo.com/ Ariel @ Dreams To Do

      Yeah, we’ll see if this thing actually helps me. Post your blog URL Vic so that I can visit it! :)

  • Vic Lau

    Thanks for sharing your find! I hope I can put some structure to my blog eventually too.

  • http://www.pecklife.com/ Emily @ PeckLife.com

    This is so cool and a great idea! I always just print out plain calendar sheets but I might have to get fancy with this….love!

    • http://www.dreamstodo.com/ Ariel @ Dreams To Do

      You should! It was super easy to make (probably because I techinically didn’t make it – ha!)

  • http://www.pecklife.com/ Emily @ PeckLife.com

    This is so cool and a great idea! I always just print out plain calendar sheets but I might have to get fancy with this….love!

  • Emily Hughes

    I love this and I am totally going to copy you like a little sister :)

    • http://www.dreamstodo.com/ Ariel @ Dreams To Do

      Do it! I wish I could take full credit for this one. :)

  • Emily Hughes

    I love this and I am totally going to copy you like a little sister :)

  • http://www.dreamstodo.com/ Ariel @ Dreams To Do

    Do it! I wish I could take full credit for this one. :)

  • http://www.dreamstodo.com/ Ariel @ Dreams To Do

    You should! It was super easy to make (probably because I techinically didn’t make it – ha!)

  • http://www.dreamstodo.com/ Ariel @ Dreams To Do

    Yeah, we’ll see if this thing actually helps me. Post your blog URL Vic so that I can visit it! :)

  • http://www.dreamstodo.com/ Ariel @ Dreams To Do

    Yeah, we’ll see if this thing actually helps me. Post your blog URL Vic so that I can visit it! :)

  • http://www.dreamstodo.com/ Ariel @ Dreams To Do

    You should! It was super easy to make (probably because I techinically didn’t make it – ha!)

  • http://www.dreamstodo.com/ Ariel @ Dreams To Do

    Do it! I wish I could take full credit for this one. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/beckie.farrant Beckie Jones Farrant

    I love it I love it I love it!  Thanks for sharing and for the huge shout out!  Smooches.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beckie.farrant Beckie Jones Farrant

    I love it I love it I love it!  Thanks for sharing and for the huge shout out!  Smooches.

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